I've been using iEmulator for the past month and this application is a joy to use.
Before I bought iEmulator, I emailed them to ask a few questions, one of which was:
'Is there any risk of opening my mac up to attacks
from viruses etc, if i install this programme? i know
that the mac has its security feature which prevents
anything from being installed without authorisation.'
That was exactly what I asked (just copied and pasted from the email I sent), Viruses were my main concern.
I was so impressed when I was emailed straight back with the answer to my question (not to mention my other questions, I had 4 to begin with):
'iEmulator is very insulated from the Mac environment; the worst that can happen is that your emulated PC gets infected, but it cannot affect any Mac files and folders in any way.'
I commend the iEmulator team for being very honest.
I had trouble purchasing iEmulator (user error), but again Richard, one of the iEmulator team was there to help, and made every effort to figure out the problem, never the less it was a user error (short on funds ~ lol)
I told Richard that I had been researching emulators to run MS Access, and had seen reviews of VPC which stated that version 7 was not as good as version 6.
His reply to that was very honest indeed:
'We fully admit that VirtualPC is a more mature application, and provides better performance in most (but not all!) cases, but we're closing the gap quickly. By version 2.0 (due near the end of the year) we hope to be at least on parity with VPC.'
Since I've not used VPC I can't really talk about it, but I did say that in my opinion that iEmulator is 'on par' with VPC.
I bought iEmulator, the documentation included with iEmulator is phenomenal, its tells you step by step how to install iEmulator and gives a step by step guide of how to install Windows.
I hit alittle snag, which was due to the Windows 98 installer not booting from the virtual cd drive.
Richard was there 100% with a solution, which worked a treat.
I then installed Windows, its was an 'experience' for me since I've never installed Windows before, what made me laugh was that the installer reboots itself after it does something, i think it rebooted after 'hardware test' or something, but it did it quite often.
the trouble then was that when Windows had installed, it wouldn't let me access the Windows environment since it couldn't find some of its own files, which is hilarious and really bad at the same time, its the only installer I've ever used where it cant find its own files.
I emailed Richard again and he was really quick with a response and a solution, that worked 100%,
So now I have the superior strengh of Tiger, and can run MS Access, result!
I use iEmulator for other things too, such as checking compatability with Office on the PC and trying out Windows only applications, such as WinRar.
I believe this to be the BEST and SAFEST way to run Windows on a Mac!
I'm not part of the iEmulator development team, I just believe that Exceptional products should be recognised.
I highly recommend this product to any Mac user that needs to run Windows only apps, such as MS Access, and I found other uses for it too, I can check the websites I build in iEmulator, to see how they look on Windows.
The price is excellent too, $23.95 for a fully functional PC.
Oh and they work weekends too!
Thank You for reading